Mary Hayes


Mary HayesThis work is about painting and it is a reaction against the recent trend in contemporary art of a focus on death, darkness, anxiety and unease. The large installation is about mixing colour using light, which is different from mixing pigments. The primary colours of light are red green and blue. Art contains relationships, rhythms, repetition and space. Colour is an element of space, and movement affects time and space. Antoni Tapies in Painting in the Void (1985:41) said: "Metaphors of space have always been introduced into painting, the play of fullness and emptiness, volumes,surfaces, light and shade....And, in recent painting in particular, the notion of 'emptiness' has assumed great significance."
The reflection of light enables us to perceive colours. Light is the purest form of colour and it has an ephemeral, transient quality. The reflections seen may be mainly one colour but other hues can be seen around the edges of that colour, or at the point when the colours change.

Emotionally light affects us all in different ways – for me light is magical and joyous but the different colours seen in light may evoke very different feelings; of repulsion or despair, depending on the associations we each make.

Light is there but you can't touch it, and it changes with the time of day or place. What we see around us appears to change depending on the amount of daylight, whether it is sunny, or whether it is overcast. My work has been informed by artists' work that I have seen at exhibitions particularly the works of Dan Flavin, James Turrell, David Batchelor and Kitty Krake.

My working method is one of observation, photography, sketching, trying out ideas, researching materials and problem solving. Usually the initial idea changes through this process, but sometimes the idea may be achieved as it was conceived.

Showing with the University of Nottingham's BA Fine Art:

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